- a stampede.
- an animal that breaks away from the herd or flock.
Origin of breakaway
How to use breakaway in a sentence
The crowd began to lurch violently, as small motions rippled out into panicked attempts to break away.The War Inside: Terrorism & Teenhood in ‘No Dawn Without Darkness’|Hugh Ryan|August 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They are attached to the wings on pylons and under any impact will break away.
Like the wings, the tail surfaces—horizontal and vertical—easily break away from the fuselage and float.
In most coming-of-age novels, the protagonist wants to break away from a world that is holding him down.Great Weekend Reads: 4 New Novels, November 13, 2011|Susan Salter Reynolds, Christopher Byrd, John Wilwol, Jennifer Miller|November 13, 2011|DAILY BEAST
In the past several weeks, a few male reporters have boldly told me they enjoyed the sequel, a break away from the herd mentality.Can a Straight Man Love Sex and the City?|Michael Patrick King|May 23, 2010|DAILY BEAST
And it is quite true that the particular employer can no more break away from these limits than he can jump out of his own skin.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
Frank sprang after him and caught the reins before the startled creature could break away.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
The incident, however, gave Darry a chance to break away from the insistent Belle.The Campfire Girls of Roselawn|Margaret Penrose
McGinty was growling, while Joe was trying to break away without losing an ear.
But that night when he was struck down, the blows seemed to break away the connection between the present and the past.The Bag of Diamonds|George Manville Fenn
British Dictionary definitions for breakaway
- loss or withdrawal of a group of members from an association, club, etc
- (as modifier)a breakaway faction
- a sudden attack, esp from a defensive position, in football, hockey, etc
- an attempt to get away from the rest of the field in a race
Other Idioms and Phrases with breakaway
Leave hurriedly, escape, get loose. For example, The boy tried to break away, but his mother held onto his coat, or On the last lap the horse broke away from the pack. [First half of 1500s]
Sever connections with a group. For example, It was hard for me to break away from that organization, but I knew it was necessary.
Stop doing something, as in She broke away from work long enough to go out for lunch.